Section 1112(b) of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization (NDAA) Act directs the Director of OPM to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct a comprehensive, independent study that addresses a series of specific questions surrounding OPM’s responsibilities. These include:
This is a twelve-month project. The Academy has formed a five-member Panel of Academy Fellows to provide guidance on the study methodology and the development of findings and recommendations.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was created by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 to serve as the chief human resource (HR) and personnel policy management agency for the federal government. In that role, OPM provides HR leadership and support to federal agencies in enterprise HR management to achieve a trusted and effective civilian workforce. Key functions are executed by program offices organized around several broad functional categories including human capital management leadership, benefits, and vetting. Specifically, OPM develops government-wide HR policies and programs, directs a variety of HR services and products, oversees a merit-based and inclusive hiring process, administers retirement benefits, manages healthcare and insurance programs, and provides a variety of investigative products and services such as suitability determinations.